Happyness release full album details, drop new song ‘Falling Down’

With their new album titled ‘Write In‘ being released on April 7th, the band have released some more details about said record. Featuring a tracklist that is 10 songs long as well as a few UK dates to sink your teeth into, this record should be a great listen to fans of indie and alternative.

You can check out their latest song/video for ‘Falling Down‘ below, as well as their tracklist/tour dates!

Write In track listing:

1 – Falling Down
2 – The Reel Starts Again [Man As Ostrich]
3 – Anytime
4 – Through Windows
5 – Uptrend / Style Raids
6 – Bigger Glass Less Full
7 – Victor Lazarro’s Heart
8 – Anna, Lisa Calls
9 – The C Is A B A G
10 – Tunnel Vision On Your Part

April 2017 UK / Ireland headline tour dates: 

18 The Hope & Ruin, Brighton, UK
19 The Louisiana, Bristol, UK
20 Buyer’s Club, Liverpool, UK
21 Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland
22 The Hug & Pint, Glasgow, UK
24 Think Tank, Newcastle, UK
25 Gullivers, Manchester, UK
26 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, UK
28 The Dome, Tufnell Park, London, UK

Now Wave’s All Dayer II – Live Review – The White Hotel

Sweat opened up the night with a set that was almost euphoric. From start to finish they had the crowd involved getting them moving to every song no matter the pace or tone. The first two songs in their set created an ambiance that followed through to the end of the last track Be Complete. With an almost shoegaze feel, the band moved the audience with a powerful performance and instrumentation, especially during what was the best track of their set Acid Rainbow. [7]

Kelly Lee Owens followed and with her hauntingly beautiful voice the entirety of the room seemed to echo through to the end of her set. Her effortless ability to shift through notes and key changes complimented the accompanying use of electronic instrumentation that lined her entire set. Overall, she presented a set which was very juxtaposing to the rest of the bands, but it made her stand out from the crowd especially when she played her fourth track of the night 1 of 3 [7]

Philadelphia based Japanese Breakfast were one of the two highlights of the evening. Presenting what was the tightest set of the night, Michelle Zauner and the rest of her band never missed a beat with the crowd. Japanese Breakfast never had a dull moment where a track didn’t land in the way they had clearly intended.

Starting off with Heft, the crowd instantly got in to the set and stayed intrigued all the way through to Jane Cum, easily their best track of the night, and even on to the end of Machinist. From instrumentation to vocals, this set was flawless. [9]

Let’s Eat Grandma are a duo from Norwich who had been on Jules Holland on the 18th. They produced a magical set with their own brand of Psychedelic Sludge Pop. From the start of Deep Six Textbook it was clear this set was going to be one to watch, as the multi-instrumentalists glided through a short set of five tracks. Through the set the two harmonized with perfection and despite minor slip ups the two kept the audience moving and engaged with songs like Rapunzel and Sink. [8]

Pumarosa rounded off the evening with a very shoe-gazed set. The band from London created quite a powerful atmosphere with their set and pulled the crowds attention quickly with Dragonfly. Isabel’s vocals were one of the main selling points to their set alongside their clever instrumentation, especially during the track Honey.

Pumarosa continued to create a powerful performance and connect with the crowd during songs like The Witch and Red, until their set reached its climax during Priestess. Overall the band created the second best set of the entire evening which allowed the event to simmer down to what it was, an evening focused on the music. [9]

Balance and Composure – Light We Made

Pennsylvania Alternative crew Balance and Composure have been on the upward swing for sometime now. Their second album The Things We Think We’re Missing hit the top 60 in the Billboard charts, as well as debut Seperation being hailed as somewhat of a genre classic alongside Citizen’s Youth and Turnover’s Peripheral Vision. It’s clear now that Balance and Composure wanted to end up here, despite the recent mountains they had to climb to arrive. Their story started with the layered aggressive emo of their first LPslowly adding new textures and unique instrumental parts with sophomore effort The Things We Think… and now, stripping away the layers of hardcore in favor of shoegazey brilliance on latest release Light We Made. 

Midnight Zone is an uncharacteristic opener for the band, all whirring loops and smooth trip hop basslines. Jon Simmons’ vocals here are blissful, a definitive focal point for the album and one that helps steer it towards tranquil shores. Spinning is the first single from the record and continues the wash of sounds present on the opener, albeit picking up the pace slightly. It harnesses Basement vibes and crystal clear guitar tones, with the drums of Bailey Van Ellis pushed right up in the mix, providing spiky, rolling rhythms. Surprises come thick and fast on the band’s third record, with the dirty low end of For A Walk echoing Adore-era Smashing Pumpkins and Postcard, which upon early release, startled fans with its creative use of electronic drums. None of this though, manages to shake the consistency of the record and the dark, foggy feel that the band conjure up here.

The throwbacks to 80’s dream pop continues on the brilliant Echo & The Bunnymen esque riffs of Call It Losing Touch and even slight TTWTWM vibes with the urgency of Fame. Its clear that the recent, almost career-ending car accidents that the band experienced have taken a toll, the initial B & C sound remaining intact, yet embracing a gloom that is hard to ignore. Despite this, there is a coherency on Light We Made that echoes in the darker moments, showing a band undefeated by their near-death experience and brave enough to reinvent themselves in the face of it.

The final stretch of the record finds the band at it’s shimmering, ‘Cure meets Brand New’ best with Is It So Much To Adore. It’s a truly wonderful thing that under the deep, textured atmosphere of the album, the band can maintain pop hooks and also bring fresh sounds to table without compromising their vision. This is shown to no greater effect than on closer Loam. Much like the opening track, it ushers the band even further into uncharted territory, with effective use of auto-tune and subtle electronica, almost a hint at future direction.

Longtime fans may be surprised by such a heavy revision in sound here and even a little baffled by the reverb soaked melancholy where there was once roars of angst. Even so, with Light We Made, B & C showcase a more focused guise and with the strength of the material on offer, it’s a testament to their ability to endure and progress their craft. Light We Made is a bold, indelible statement from a band unwilling to be shaken by misfortune.

NOTHING Share Video For ‘Curse Of The Sun’

Shoegaze Rockers Nothing have revealed the video for Curse of the Sun. The track comes from the band’s well received sophomore effort Tired of Tomorrow. Speaking about the song, frontman Dominic Palermo said : “This song is nothing more than a declaration of war with the Sun. It’s the center of the universe that’s to blame for spawning this epidemic of life that is laughably plagued by death. The dark Casanova sprouting humans who live to have everything they can get their hands on, just so they can die and litter it all behind. I’m often reminded by this when we’re playing these big venues filled with hundreds of humans, so it only seemed natural to film in a live setting. That’s the only reason I chose to do a live video actually. They’re normally fucking stupid. Well, that and because Jimmy was filming it all.”

Tired of Tomorrow is out now on Relapse Records. Check the band out over on Facebook for more news and updates.